Remember to Re-Subscribe!

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text to mailing listAs we transition the First Aid Team blog to bigger and better things, we need to inform you that our current system of daily digests as distributed by Feedburner will be discontinued by the end of this month. Our new daily digests will contain more information and present First Aid Team.com posts in a more pleasing way.

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Last Day to Get $100.00 Off a Till You Pass Triple Play Subscription!

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Hurry! Today is the last day to save $100.00 on a Till You Pass subscription to Step 1 Triple Play!

For a limited time, you can get 12 months of USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax, First Aid Flash Facts, and First Aid Express, our Triple Play bundle, for only $299 (that’s a savings of $100 off the regular subscription price of $399)!
Get it now at http://bit.ly/JuneTriplePlay2015
2015 June Promo
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** Cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount applies only to those qualifying new subscriptions purchased 6/26-6/30/2015.
***Promotion ends 6/30/2015.

Announcing: Notes Export in Step 1 Qmax!

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We hope you think that USMLE-Rx Qmax products are totally awesome, but we still work night and day to make them better. With that said, we like to keep you up to date on all the significant improvements we incorporate into our online study products.

The latest development in Step 1 Qmax is the Notes Export feature! It’s true. You may now export all the notes you make in Qmax to a Word doc that you may then paste into your First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book, add to your class notes, or just fold into tiny pieces and keep in your pocket.

Screen take notes all commentary

Right now, this feature is only available in Step 1 Qmax, but we’re working hard to add new features to our other online study products as well.

Anything else you want to see in Qmax? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy studying!

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3884

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3884A baby boy was born at 37 weeks’ gestation at home without complication. Three days later, the umbilical stump started oozing blood. In addition, the baby’s last two bowel movements appeared black and were malodorous. The family history is negative for any known bleeding disorders.

Which of the coagulation profiles in the table is most likely for this infant?

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

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IMG Friendly States by Specialty

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By Edison Cano

IMG Friendly States by Specialty 1Selecting residency programs is one of the biggest dilemmas International Medical Graduates (IMGs) face every year. Reviewing every program is a very difficult task when you don’t know where to start among the 4,000 programs in the United States. However, knowing which states are more (IMG) friendly for your specialty of interest can help you narrow your search.

The following specialty maps are a synthesis of data from the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Academy of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program.

These maps are meant to represent the “big picture” for IMGs in the US. Each state shows the percentage of residency positions filled by IMG graduates. The colors represent the total number of IMG residents in each state, as indicated by the legend.

Let us know what you think on the comments below!

Annotation Nation

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By Tim Durso

Annotation NationOne of the greatest challenges in studying for Step 1 is deciding what information is worth trying to remember. In an ideal world, you’d be able to memorize every bit of information you come across the first two years of med school, but if you could do that you’d be playing blackjack in Las Vegas with Tom Cruise instead of cramming your brain full of lysosomal storage diseases (that’s a Rain Man reference for those less movie-inclined). One of the best ways to machete your way through the thicket of medical knowledge out there is to annotate your handy-dandy version of First Aid (see here for the latest and greatest version).

While everyone agrees that annotation is an essential part of the sacred rite that is Step 1 studying, everyone seems to have a different approach. I’m going to try to help analyze some of these different approaches, and hopefully you’ll come away with a better understanding of what might work for you in your preparation. To accomplish this, I’m going to borrow elements from the famous children’s tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” If you haven’t heard of this story, call your parents and ask them why, and then Google it before reading further. (more…)

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3493

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3493A 45-year-old man presents with a low-grade fever, hoarseness, cough, and a sore throat. On physical examination, he has swollen cervical lymph nodes. Gram stain of his sputum is obtained, and the specimen is shown in the image. Secretions obtained from the patient’s tonsils are analyzed using polymerase chain reaction, and a diagnostic protein subunit is found.

The exotoxin responsible for his symptoms inhibits protein synthesis by which of the following mechanisms?

A. Activation of adenyl cyclase by adenosine diphosphate ribosylation
B. Activation of Gs
C. Adenosine diphosphate ribosylation of elongation factor 2
D. Inhibition of Gi
E. Stimulating macrophages to release tumor necrosis factor-?

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Want to know the ‘bottom line?’ Purchase a USMLE-Rx Subscription and get many more features, more questions, and passages from First Aid, including images, references, and other facts relevant to this question.

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